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Chinese FM Spokesperson Zhao Lijian: Interfering in other countries' domestic affairs is not in the "genes" of China's diplomacy

2020-06-30 09:19

At a regular press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on June 29, Spokesperson Zhao Lijian answered a question about Australian police and intelligence authorities' raiding of the home and office of NSW MP Shaoquett Moselmane.

Journalist: Australian police working on behalf of Australian intelligence authorities on Friday raided the home and office of a lawmaker Shaoquett Moselmane. It's part of a foreign interference investigation that is focused on China. Mr. Moselmane has said he is not personally a suspect. What's the foreign ministry's comment on this investigation?

Zhao Lijian: We noted relevant reports and have no comment on Australia's domestic affairs. I want to point out that for a while, some politicians in Australia seem to be suffering from paranoia, dominated by China-phobia and conjectures to the extent of losing all sense of rationality and justice. Under the guise of "values", they often make groundless accusations against China in domestic politics, stigmatize and demonize normal personnel exchanges and cooperation with China, and poison the atmosphere of bilateral relations. This is totally unconstructive and irresponsible. China is firmly opposed to this.

China is committed to developing relations with other countries on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference. Interfering in other countries' domestic affairs is not in the "genes" of China's diplomacy and such a label shall never be pinned on China. We urge the Australian side to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological bias, look at China's development in an objective and rational manner, and do more to enhance China-Australia mutual trust and mutually beneficial cooperation.

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